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1  Tutorial - how to take effective jewellery and other small goods photography in Discussion and Questions by Hannah Z on: September 03, 2005 03:23:41 PM
A lot of people have asked me how I take photos of my jewellery and I've been promising a tutorial for a while, hope it makes sense - just ask if there are any questions and I'll do my best to explain in more detail. I'm not completely sure where this tut should go, so let me know if it needs to be moved somewhere else Smiley

How to get your photo looking like this:

***Take a large lid (or tray, or similar) and fix light bulb fittings to it. I have 7, but you could use more. I keep forgetting to buy more but the amount I have is fine. I've then used a cardboard box, cut the top off and cut in a window then lined it with white paper. The bulb tray balances on the top and plugs into a nearby powerpoint.  Only use energy saving lightbulbs for this as they are much cooler than normal lightbulbs and therefore much safer. Remember that energy saving bulbs take a mintute or two to get to there full brightness.

This is the box of light bulbs that I use:

and here it is taken apart:

*Arrange your item as you want it to appear and take your photograph with a digital camera. I use a Canon Ixus 400 (Canon Powershot S400 in the States but is discontinued there according to my research!), its a small easily portable camera.
*You need to adjust the white balance on the camera to make sure it comes out white and not yellow. How to do this varies for each camera but its a very important step!  
*I don't use the flash, just rely on the lights, but if you are photographing a particularly reflective item it helps to cover the lights with white paper or tracing paper to reduce the glare and reflection.
*If you have trouble arranging the item inside the window put a sheet of white paper on top of a tray or book and arrange the item outside the window and place the tray inside once its ready.
*Upload the pic to your computer.


The next steps I do using Gimp Image Editor  (www.gimp.org), and I have no idea how to use any other photo editor so I'm sorry if you don't have it but I can't help!

*Open your picture up in Gimp, then you need to adjust the levels which are in the navagation bar under "Tools" > "Colour Tools" > "Levels" like this:

*You move the top bar of the level (badly circled in red!) to the left to adjust the brighness of the photo like this:
You can play around to get the brightness that you want. You can see in the "Input Levels" window that there is a black peak - you will want the arrow to be pointing somewhere within that area for your picture to change to the best level of brightness.

*Then I crop the photo so it looks like this:

*Still a bit grey around the edges so use the largest brush to touch up the edges like this:
I've outlined the ones I use in red. You can change the size of the brush to suit the size of the image.

*And here's the final photo:

I really hope that this helps some folks. It took me ages to find all this out, but now I know how to do it taking photos for my website is easy and I actually rather enjoy it now Shocked Cheesy

If there are anymore questions just ask and I'll do what i can to help, and if i can't I'll ask my husband who knows way more than I do!
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2  Re: **Fill a coinpurse round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Hannah Z on: September 03, 2005 08:58:38 AM
WOW! I received Cat-n-Caboodles swap package today in the post and I love it all - you must have put so much work into it, thank you so much Smiley

Here's what I got:
2(!) purses, one pink crocheted round purse with a large flower on the front, and one cute green purse with embroidered blossom and they are both beautiful, (and I am jealous of your zip skills!) The crochet purse is the perfect size for my powder compact and a lipbalm that I carry everyday my bag pocket!
a crocheted metal necklace and bracelet thats so delicate and cute, with pink and green beads on it (am wearing the bracelet today)
2 cute cat buttons and 2 flower buttons
a butterfly rubber
pink flower motif
butterfly and dragonfly push pins
AND some chocolate koala's! I love koala's and chocolate so this was perfect!

I can't believe that you had swap anxiety too - its all beautiful!

Here is a picture with the earrings I sent to you, Cat, that I took before I sent them:


I am so pleased that I got you for my first swap partner Kiss
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3  2 new clutch bags I made... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Hannah Z on: September 02, 2005 11:09:48 AM
Thought I would post some pictures of these bags to see what you guys thought. I got the basics for them from this tutorial that Laurasaurus posted a while back
and then changed it a bit to include the flap instead of the bands around the top and added a liittle bracelet bit.

Opinions are appreciated Smiley

This was my first attempt - the dimentions are a wrong and its a bit wonky inside...

Second attemp turned out better and I love this fabric!

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4  Re: Dolls, owls and flowers! (image heavy) in Beads: Completed Projects by Hannah Z on: August 25, 2005 04:07:45 PM
I just finshed making these bright owl pendants - what do you think?

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5  Dolls, owls and flowers! (image heavy) in Beads: Completed Projects by Hannah Z on: August 24, 2005 01:13:06 PM
Heres a few more things that I've made lately. Some of them are already on my website, and all the others I plan to put on there sooner or later. I'd love to get your opinions again Smiley

Owl Earrings - these are my new favourite piece of jewellery!

Owl pendant:

Doll charm bracelet 1:

and the matching earrings:

a new colour of bracelet. This isn't actually finished yet, I'm waiting for some emerald coloured swarovski beads to add to it and I'll maybe put a few red ones on it too. I thought I'd post it since I was going to post other stuff!

Vintage flower pendant earrings with pink swarovski beads at top:

beaded necklace with Hill Tribe silver rose. This isn't really my cup of tea, but I thought the beads and the rose looked nice together anyway - for someone else!

Some of the pics aren't as clear as last time, but hopefully you can see them just as well.

Thank you!
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6  New jewellery by HZ in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Hannah Z on: July 17, 2005 01:42:14 PM

Hope you don't mind me posting up pics of some of my new stuff again, its good to get opinions from peeps on here! This is some of the stuff I've made lately - what do you think? Opinions are much appreciated Smiley

Doll necklaces:

vintage pendant and wooden beads:


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7  New stuff that I've made! Lots of pictures... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Hannah Z on: March 19, 2005 01:34:41 PM
Am having a Saturday night in making things! In fact, its what I usually do on a Saturday night and I like it so there Tongue
Thought I'd post up some picture and see what the reaction was...

I ordered the wrong thing, but thought I'd see what I could do with these sequins anyway! Each sequin is about 2.5cm in diametre and are gold with a kind of 'petrol' finish. They are put together with sterling silver jumprings and ear hook. I think there is about 80-100 sequins on each one but I've not counted - yet! I think they are a bit trashy looking but I really like them. Not sure if the picture does them justice.

I'm thinking about putting these on my site. They are made with Swarovski cube beads and sterling silver and are much more sparkly than they look in that picture.

This is made with Swarovski beads and sterling silver again. It was a commission for someone which I think turned out really cool.

Inspired by Craftster - I am addicted to making these flowers!

Inspired by Kelly Osbourne at the Brits. Really easy to make - I can't wait to wear them!

Only made one of these so far, but thought I'd show you anyway! Made with faceted black onyx rounds,  tiny smokey quartz rounds and sterling silver.

Hope you like them!
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8  Re: Folded Fabric Flower pin/hair clip tutorial in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Hannah Z on: February 27, 2005 01:28:33 PM
I just wanted to post the flowers I'm working on after reading about these last night! I can see me making these all the time now - I love them:)

I'm going to cover the yellow button and put some little beads on it I think!

Not finished this one yet as the material is pretty hard to work with and I got fed up, but am loving the way its turning out:

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